Duck Tour. We were herded aboard this 1948 WWII amphibious vehicle whose top speed is a rollicking 30 mph for a tour about town.
Blue Lake was a bit disconcerting... One second we're on the road, and the next we're in the water and miraculously.... puttering right along. The lake is a bowl shaped volcanic crater.
weed problem. Our next stop was lake Okareka.
We had the opportunity to get up close and personal with a beautiful Black Swan. I've never seen one before and was fascinated by the grace and beauty of this bird. He/She? paddled right up to the shore, probably to see if we had any handouts... sadly we did not. I fell in love with the ruffled bootie.
Tewhakarewarewatangaoteopetauaawahiao. Yeah we're sticking with the Waka Villiage for short!
On our way back down the hill, we stopped at the village lodge. It was a traditional meeting place where the villagers hold ceremonies. All of the little spots you see on the totems are made of carved abalone shell. We were not allowed to enter this sacred place.
We left the Waka Village and continued on our tour of the area. I'll stop here and continue the day in a new post.